WTA Madrid, 2nd Round Preview: Kuznetsova v Muguruza, Petkovic v Begu

I had a lovely weekend celebrating my brother’s wedding and thanks for the nice messages! Although  i’m feeling quite flat now and tired (I NEED SLEEP), I am just about ready to jump into the joys of Madrid and another action-packed week of tennis.  Sunday produced one of the best schedules of tennis so far this year; it simmered for the most part although there were some interesting results.  Alize Cornet produced the upset of the day, beating Simona Haleps in straight sets with a terrific performance, her best of what has been a disappointing 2015 season.  Wins continue to elude Eugenie Bouchard as she was defeated in three sets by Barbora Strycova in a classic WTA scoreline, 0-6 6-3 6-3.  In the most anticipated of the first round matches in Madrid, Victoria Azarenka secured her second win over Venus Williams with a confident 6-3 7-5 victory.  Azarenka wobbled a tad in the second set as Venus’s striking became sharper.  Venus was up a break in the second set, but could not hold on with Vika levelling up and then producing a great return game to break to love in the final game of the match.  Let’s take a look at what is in store for Monday in Madrid…

1. Svetlana Kuznetsova v Garbine Muguruza (Madrid, R2)

Svetlana KuznetsovaSecond round action in Madrid will begin on Tuesday with Svetlana Kuznetsova and Garbine Muguruza first up on the Manolo Santana court in what will be a first career match-up between the pair.  Both players enjoyed routine openers in Madrid; Muguruza lost just two games to fellow Spaniard, Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, while Kuznetsova caused an upset dropping just three games against the number eight seed, Ekaterina Makarova.  Kuznetsova had lost her first match in Prague last week to Shuai Zhang but demonstrated that she is always one to keep an eye on on this surface even when her recent results have been poor.  Kuznetsova and Muguruza are located in a now seed-less section of the draw after Sam Stosur ousted Angelique Kerber on Sunday and furthermore, a quarter that no longer holds Simona Halep.  This presents notable opportunities for the winner of this match.  Neither player has been convincing in the last few months, particularly Kuznetsova.  As there is little data to go on for this match, i’d have to go for the player I have more confidence in right now…

Prediction: Muguruza d. Kuznetsova in 3 sets

2. Andrea Petkovic v Irina-Camelia Begu (Madrid, R2)

Andrea PetkovicMy favourite match from Sunday’s schedule featured Andrea Petkovic who defeated Flavia Pennetta, 6-3 7-5 in a high quality first round contest.  Petkovic served out the match at her second attempt as Pennetta produced some stern resistance at the end.  The Italian player had fought back from a break down with a mini-revival in the second set; however it was Petkovic who quickly regained her control of the match.  Overall, it was a superb performance from Petkovic, particularly coming in the first round against a tough opponent as the German player is renowned for making slow starts.  Petko had some good results after Australia, notably winning Antwerp, but her level of tennis right now is significantly higher.  Petkovic’s second round opponent is Irina-Camelia Begu, who defeated Kurumi Nara in the first round.  Begu’s results have been more than respectable this year although as i’ve mentioned before, she does have the tendency to be very erratic.  Right now, Petkovic is playing very consistent tennis and I think she will be tough to beat all week in Madrid if she keeps up her first round form.

Prediction: Petkovic d. Begu in 3 sets

WTA Madrid 2nd Round Predictions

Serena Williams d. Sloane Stephens in 2 tight sets

Caroline Wozniacki d. Christina McHale in 2 sets

Agnieszka Radwanska d. Casey Dellacqua in 2 sets

Alize Cornet d. Roberta Vinci in 3 sets

Lucie Safarova d. Tsvetana Pironkova in 3 sets

Sam Stosur d. Kaia Kanepi in 3 tight sets (finally back-to-back wins for Sam?! This could be a nailbiter.)

Poll results: 15% of readers correctly predicted that Stosur would beat Kerber, 47% correctly predicted that Kuznetsova would beat Makarova, 60% correctly predicted that Sharapova would beat Bacsinszky, 66% correctly predicted that Strycova would beat Bouchard, 59% correctly predicted that Petkovic would beat Pennetta and 49% correctly predicted that Azarenka would beat Williams.

Photos in this post by Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

14 thoughts on “WTA Madrid, 2nd Round Preview: Kuznetsova v Muguruza, Petkovic v Begu

  1. Lucie Safarova d. Tsvetana Pironkova, Pironkova is in form. I smell an upset here. Anyway, I bet on Halep and Kerber to lose for the fun of it, it ended with big sum loading into my pocket.


  2. Lucie and Radwanska are very doubtfull to make to the next round , specially Safarova seeing her first round match.Kaia Kanepi can also produce a surprise win with her first round confidence.
    Cornet vs Vinci’s match can be a swinger going any way in 3 rounds.Rest all won’t produce any surprise and winners can be as predicted


    • Yeah…you are right. Based on their performance in Madrid I think Pironkova will level up their match records today. Also, I think Kanepi will win this one. Cornet should win over Vinci and I am not surprised in two sets. Overall, I see Caro as the contender for the title too. Of course, Serena looks red hot.


      • Both played from the start like they have to catch some flight….completely different…but am still not convinced with the form of both of them…sooner or later they gonna succumb


  3. I agree the safarova n cornet game are abit iffy even the petkovic game. Vinci has beaten cornet all 3 or 4 meetings. And if begu serves like she did or abit better petkovics goin down. Good value for money on these upsets ay sudut haha


  4. Did anybody watch Serena vs Brengle? Williams was absolutely razer sharp. I can’t see anybody beating her if she can remain so focused and sharp throughout the week.
    Its funny too because I saw an article saying how tough her draw here is…but I think it’s pretty easy for her. Azarenka and Ivanovic are the only players capable of beating her on a good day. And neither is in the form to do so.


  5. I expect Serena not to waste any time on these early round matches, if she is determined to get the title and especially take it away from Sharapova, she will not waste time on any match, and if she is determined doesnt matter who is on the other side, doesnt matter if it’s Brengle, or Sharapova, or Halep, she can give bagle sets to all of them, it simply doesnt matter who is on other side if Serena is at her best.
    But I do think Serena does get nervous sometimes against top 5 players, and she wants to conserve energy in case her battle with Sharapova in the finals gets physical.
    Does anybody think that Sharapova will ever beat Williams? It has been over 10 years since Sharapova last beat Williams. I think Sharapova can, I think she is getting better in fighting Williams.


    • I think Sharapova may beat Serena in 2/3 years time if she stays healthy and Williams ages. But as it stands I just don’t see it. The game that Maria played when she beat Serena in 2004 was taking on every ball early and rushing her opponent. She doesn’t play like that now…she stays back and takes big, flat hits, much like Venus does. Serena is all over that. Throw in Williams clear contempt for Sharapova and she’ll never allow herself to have a bad day against her.


      • Lol, I agree with ” Throw in Williams clear contempt for Sharapova…”.
        However, I also think that the 2004 Wimbledon was basically Serena’s gift to Sharapova. I remember that match, it wasnt that Sharapova played very well, it was more like Serena played horribly.


  6. Just finished watching Serena dispatching Stephens,if Serena keeps up this form she will be holding the winner’s trophy.

    BTW I picked Sveta to win,wipes brow lol!


    • Nice pick, Margaret!

      I think most would agree that Serena is looking good for the title. A potential R3 match with Vika would be fascinating though.


      • Vika impressed me with her win against Venus,though on clay I still think Serena will be too strong.


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